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FORCE Press Releases

May 1, 2016

FORCE Announces 10th Annual Joining FORCEs Against Hereditary Cancer Conference in Orlando October 6-8, 2016

The Joining FORCEs Conference, the largest gathering for the hereditary cancer community, is meant for anyone concerned about hereditary cancer: survivors, previvors, people with a genetic mutation or family history of cancer, patient advocates, researchers and health care providers who treat high-risk patients. This year’s program will provide the opportunity to learn about the latest in hereditary cancer in sessions led by world experts, enroll in research and connect with others experiencing the same journey.

February 10, 2016

FORCE Launches KNOW MORE Ovarian Cancer Awareness Campaign

1 in 5 ovarian cancer survivors have a genetic mutation that caused their cancer but only about 30% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer undergo genetic evaluation. Knowing this information can help survivors and their families uncover clues regarding their health. This campaign will increase awareness of the importance and benefits of genetic evaluation and provide personalized support to those facing the disease.

August 25, 2015

FORCE Celebrates 2015 National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week September 27 – October 3 and National Previvor Day on September 30

FORCE celebrates National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week and National Previvor Day to create awareness, recognize those affected by a genetic predisposition to these cancers and share a goal of a time when hereditary cancer no longer exists.  During National HBOC Week 2015, we also celebrate efforts to ensure a better future for the next generation with continued work improving medical options, accelerating research, making new therapies available to patients, and protecting the rights of families facing hereditary cancer.

August 24, 2015

FORCE Launches XRAYS Program

The new XRAYS program will provide young breast cancer survivors, and those at high risk for breast cancer, with quality information on current media information and research to help them make better informed health decisions. Funded by the CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, the XRAYS program will help those affected by cancer better understand news in the media and how it relates to them personally.

August 12, 2015

USF and Cancer Advocacy Organization FORCE Awarded $1.45M to Advance Clinical Research Network

A team led by FORCE and the University of South Florida received funding for a three-year project from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to continue advancement and expansion of the ABOUT Patient Powered Research Network. The ABOUT Network is the first-ever patient powered research registry where members of the hereditary cancer community help decide the direction of research.

July 30, 2015

New Legislation Preserves Access to Mammograms for Women 40-49

Representatives Marsha Blackburn (TN-07), Renee Ellmers (NC-02), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) have introduced the Protect Access to Lifesaving Screenings Act (PALS Act) to prevent the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) draft recommendations for breast cancer screening from being finalized, retaining current breast cancer screening guidelines. FORCE joined 12 other organizations by signing and promoting a petition urging Congress to protect access to mammogram for women under age 50.   

February 16, 2015

FORCE Announces Ninth Annual Joining FORCEs Against Hereditary Cancer Conference in Philadelphia June 18-20, 2015

The Joining FORCEs Conference, the largest gathering for the hereditary cancer community will be held in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s Basser Research Center for BRCA, and will provide participants the opportunity to learn about the latest in hereditary cancer, enroll in research and connect with others experiencing the same journey.

February 16, 2015

FORCE Announces 2015 Spirit of Empowerment Awards and Recognizes Actions that Educate and Support Those Affected by Hereditary Breast, Ovarian and Related Cancers

FORCE will present the 2015 Spirit of Empowerment Awards at the 9th annual Joining FORCEs Conference in Philadelphia on June 20, 2015. These awards recognize leaders in our community who, in collaboration with FORCE, have made significant contributions to research, advocacy, clinical care, education, awareness or support of hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers.

October 10, 2014

CDC Awards Grant To FORCE For Breast Cancer in Young Women

The Centers for Disease Control has awarded FORCE $350,000 per year for 5 years to increase awareness of breast cancer among young women and enhance the support services for women diagnosed with young-onset breast cancer. This funding will allow FORCE to create the eXamining Relevance of Articles for Young Survivors (XRAYS) program which will translate scientific articles on emerging breast cancer research into language that is understandable in order to help young breast cancer survivors understand how new research affects their lives and health care decisions.

August 28, 2014

FORCE Celebrates 2014 National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week September 28 – October 4 and National Previvor Day on October 1

Share Knowledge. Live Empowered. Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), the nation's only nonprofit organization dedicated to families with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC), is celebrating National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week and National Previvor Day to create awareness and recognize those affected by a genetic predisposition to these cancers.

May 9, 2014

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Partners with FORCE and University of South Florida Researchers to Promote Patient Centered Outcomes Research

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, the foremost advocacy organization for women with ovarian cancer, announced today a partnership with Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, the leading advocacy organization for families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, and researchers at the University of South Florida. The project will promote awareness and patient-centered research focused on inherited breast and ovarian cancers in families throughout the U.S.

April 28, 2014

Sisters Network Inc. Partners with FORCE and University of South Florida Researchers to Promote Patient Centered Outcomes Research

Sisters Network, the only national African American breast cancer survivorship organization is partnering with FORCE and researchers at the University of South Florida to promote awareness and patient-centered research focused on inherited breast cancer in African American women. Sisters Network with join the ABOUT Patient-Powered Research Network, one of 29 networks participating in PCORnet, a new national research network. The ABOUT Network aims to enroll 10,000 people nationwide with a personal or history of hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, and to collect information about their experiences to determine patterns and gaps in research, resources, and access to quality health services.

April 4, 2014

FORCE Presents Inaugural NYC Benefit Event Featuring Exclusive Performance by Former American Idol Judge and Grammy-Nominated Artist Kara DioGuardi

On April 30, 2014, FORCE will have its inaugural FORCE Spring Celebration: Live Life Empowered at Hudson Terrace in New York City. The event will raise critical funds to support the needs of women, men and families affected by a genetic predisposition to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Co-hosted by Grammy nominated songwriter, and former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, and Channel 7 Eyewitness News Reporter and two time cancer survivor, Stacey Sager, the fundraiser will mark FORCE’s first major event in New York City.

February 20, 2014

FORCE Elects New Board of Directors Leadership

Thomas A. Bock, MD and Joi L. Morris, Esq. have been elected to the positions of president and vice president, respectively. Dr. Bock has spent more than 25 years dedicated to the development of innovative medical therapies that have transformed the lives of patients with severe, life-threatening diseases. He now shares his personal and professional passion for advancing the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of BRCA-related cancers with FORCE. Ms. Morris, co-author of Positive Results: Making the Best Decisions When You’re at High Risk for Breast and Ovarian Cancer, is an advocate for the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community.

February 5, 2014

FORCE Announces Eighth Annual Joining FORCEs Against Hereditary Cancer Conference — Largest Gathering for Hereditary Cancer Community to be held June 12-14, 2014 in Philadelphia in Partnership with Penn Medicine’s Basser Research Center for BRCA

The Joining FORCEs Conference is for anyone concerned about hereditary cancer: cancer survivors, previvors, people with a BRCA mutation or family history of cancer, patient advocates, researchers and health care providers who treat high-risk patients. Conference general sessions and workshops will be led by world experts on topics ranging from genetic counseling and testing, new treatments for hereditary cancers, integrative therapies to improve health, improvements in reconstructive surgery, among many others. Special conference guests will include Annie Parker, three time cancer survivor whose personal struggle with hereditary cancer is the basis for the Hollywood feature film, Decoding Annie Parker and Kara DioGuardi, GRAMMY-nominated songwriter, former American Idol judge and previvor.

January 23, 2014

FORCE and University of South Florida Receive PCORI Award to Boost New National Clinical Research Network

A team led by FORCE and the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine has received a funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to develop and expand a health data network that will be part of PCORnet: the National Patient Centered National Clinical Research Network. The ABOUT Network (American BRCA Outcomes and Utilization of Testing Patient-Powered Research Network) is one of 29 recently approved. This effort will boost the efficiency of health research and make certain that consumers are involved at every level of research.

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